What's hot: The morning negative low tides provide incredible opportunities for most of December. These sub-zero, lowest-water situations put fish into isolated locations where they easily can be coaxed into eating a lure. Snook, redfish and speckled trout will often be caught in the same puddles of water.
Access: Take a kayak or go on foot to reach some of these locations. In a kayak, one can move around without getting feet stuck in the muddy bottom. And it enables one to bring along extra rods and tackle a wading angler cannot.
Tackle and techniques: A 61/2- to 7-foot-long medium spinning outfit with 25-pound fluorocarbon leader are appropriate. The water is as clear as it gets, so try to make long casts. Lure selection is a matter of personal preference. As a general rule, a longer jerkbait-style tail is excellent for enticing snook. The 3-inch paddle tails and shrimp imitation lures will get the attention of the redfish and trout. With cooling water, a slower presentation is becoming increasingly critical for getting strikes. In sand or mud-bottom areas, allow the lure to hop and bounce off the bottom. One-eighth-ounce jigheads are great selections for this situation. Set the hook when a thump is felt on the lure.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at adventurekayakfishing.com or (727) 692-6345.